A composer and musician in and around Memphis and New York City. Alex's playing can currently be heard with:
The Rolling Head Orchestra (performing his own instrumental and vocal compositions, in the style of le jazz primitif),
The Kropotkins (contributing composer, singer, bass drum)
The Luv Clowns (contributing composer, player, and buffoon)
Lorette Velvette (side man par excellence).
As for history, I have played piano, organ, synth, and guitar with a lot of people, mostly around Memphis, since the mid-1980s. I was a founding member of The Reigning Sound, and played on their first 4 studio CDs. We were also briefly stand-ins for The Compulsive Gamblers and there was a fine CD of our live shows released by Sympathy for the Record Industry. I've also led groups called The Weeds and Rinderkinder in the 90s, and put out some singles on Loverly Records. This is around Memphis. Tennessee. I was born near Memphis, Nebraska. Good bait shop there. I've also played with Jim Duckworth as Ragged Clown Behind and I now play with Harlan T. Bobo, Doug Easley, & Tim Prudhomme as one of The Luv Clowns, out now on Goner, Jr. Records. So there's the clown thing going on there. By the way, I also play trombone if intoxicated or wearing clown make-up (mutually exclusive states). I can herd cattle with that thing. It's that effective.
I also co-founded Big Ass Truck and played on their/our first CD. Other people I've played and recorded with: Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Alex Chilton, Impala, Linda Gail Lewis, Jim Dickinson, Iggy Pop (The Iggy session was part of the soundtrack for Wayne County Ramblin', directed by Dan Rose). And I play with my beautiful talented wife, Lorette Velvette. We've written some songs together, most recently to be found on "A History of Memphis Garage Bands: the 1990s". She and I are regular players in a NYC group called The Kropotkins. The legendary Moe Tucker was in that group for a NY minute. Founded by Dave Soldier and Jonathan Kane, it also features Charlie Burnham, Dog, and occassionally some great guest players. My bro-in-law Doug Easley hangs out in the rurality of Tennessee also and we make noise out thar. I scored a nifty little flick called Olympia, directed by Robert Byington. And I did the original podcast theme for the New York Academy of Sciences. Most recently I scored the documentary "Citizens Not Subjects! Reawakening Democracy in Memphis," made by Verissima Productions. I also grow vegetables and write anthropology. Ask me about my gourds!
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